Tonight was my last run before the Baltimore 5K - the whole reason I started on this running journey. Thanks again Brandy :) I have been a ball of nerves all week - I'm anxious, I'm nervous and I really wish Saturday morning would be here already.
A friend of mine asked why I was nervous, I'm not running to win anything, and they are right; in all reality I'm hoping to hit smack dab in the middle of the field. My biggest issue is that I set unrealistic goals for myself and when I don't attain them it ruins the entire experience. I should come running across the finish line with a huge smile on my face because I finished. 8 weeks ago I hadn't run more than 50 feet in 8+ years. So, instead of being excited to complete I've set a goal for myself of under 34 minutes. Now in my mind this shouldn't be an issue since my last 3 runs were at 33:36, 34:33 and 34:29 so I've done it before so what is so hard about it! Well, I've never run that course before, I'm going to be running in a huge pack and I'll be super nervous.
Anyway, small update from my last post...I said I was only going to run 5k's from here on out...well that was a tiny fib since I only ran 2 miles last Saturday. I also said that I was going to work up to 3.5-4 miles by the 15th...another fib since I haven't done it. Oh well, not the end of the world since I know I will be able to finish on Saturday.
Today was my last run before Saturday so wish me luck and here's hoping I get a few good race pictures and a time under 34 minutes!